A little over a week ago, the social networking site Facebook reversed their previous decision to remove photos of a woman showing the results of her breast cancer surgery. In an effort to educate and encourage other women to remain confident and brave during their battles with breast cancer, this woman uploaded an image of her removed breast and the ensuing scar (while covering her breast that remained intact). Facebook quickly took the image down, citing it as violating their policy against sexually explicit images.
First, she wasn’t showing her breasts. Second, she wasn’t uploading a picture with the intent to be sexually explicit; she was trying to raise awareness and educate other women suffering from breast cancer to stay brave and confident. In the end, over 900 people rallied together and helped to overturn Facebook’s decision to remove the pictures. While Facebook’s train of logic runs on solid tracks, it didn’t quite separate this image as educational when it should have. Overseeing so many uploaded images per day will lead to errors in judgment like this, and after re-viewing the images, they have been deemed appropriate as educational images.
If you’re on Facebook and wish to offer words of support to the woman who uploaded the photos, her name is Sharon Adams. We wish her all the best in her recovery.